The word of our God stands forever

The word of our God stands forever

I went to see Charlie and Margaret in St Wilfrid’s Hospice. How blessed we are to have  such a place serving our communities so full of the healing love of God in Christ.

On visits to hospitals, I often spend some time praying in the chapel. I hadn’t yet been to the new chapel in the hospice and was excited to see it. As I walked in, the first thing that struck me was a carved wooden statue of The Buddha – the Buddhist seem to be following me around!

A little taken aback, I re-gained my composure and saw a quote framed near to the statue:

“Nothing is permanent, except change.”

Within the context of the spirituality of the hospice movement it had a simple, authentic  resonance…

Returning home, I opened an email telling me that the lovely box hedging around the porch of St James had been cut down due to blight. In that moment, I felt a deep sense of loss and something of the truth of the Buddhist concept of ‘impermanence’. Well, it may be true that nothing and no-one lasts forever, but we still grieve both in the anticipation of passing – and in the passing itself. For a time, I just sat and grieved from all the many passings I have shared in.

But God’s word is true and life-giving. As I sat, I heard again those words from Isaiah 40.8:

‘The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever’

They were words of truth, comfort but also guidance, pointing us to the hope we share…
I gave thanks for God’s life giving word – gifted in the Spirit.